What Towns does Maximum Inspection Services work?

North Shore: Amesbury, Beverly, Boxford, Danvers, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Manchester, Merrimac, Middleton, Marblehead, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Nahant, Newburyport, Newbury, Peabody, Rowley, Rockport, Salisbury, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, Wenham, West Newbury

Greater Boston Areas: Andover, Arlington, Burlington, Bedford, Billerica, Cambridge, Haverhill, Lynn, Lowell, Methuen, Medford, Malden North Reading, North Andover, Reading, Saugus, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Winthrop, Wakefield, Watertown, Winchester, Woburn, Waltham, Wilmington

What does a home inspection include?

An inspection by Maximum will be performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice of NACHI (National Association of Certified Home Inspectors) and the Massachusetts Home Inspection Standards of Practice including a visual inspection of the readily accessible building components including Structural Components, Exterior, Roofing, Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, Central Air Conditioning, Interiors, Insulation and Ventilation.  Maximum will provide a two-page written contract to further detail to the client the inclusions and exclusions of a home inspection prior to the start of a home inspection.


What is not included in a home inspection?

The following specialty inspections are not included in a home inspection: pest inspection, lead paint inspection, septic inspection, air quality testing, well water quantity evaluation.  If you require this specialty testing prior to your purchase, I will be happy to provide a referral.  I do offer radon and water quality testing (see Home Inspection Costs tab).  Maximum will provide a two-page written contract that will further detail the inclusions and exclusions of a home inspection to the client prior to the start of a home inspection.


How long does a home inspection take?

The average time of a home inspection by Maximum is about two to three hours.  For larger homes or homes in poor condition, it may take longer.


Do I need to be at the inspection?

It is best practice for a homebuyer to be at the inspection to see what defects may be present and to learn about the home’s systems. 


Will Maximum Inspection Services pass or fail my inspection?

Maximum will not pass or fail a home.  Per 266 CMR 6.00: Standards of Practicehome inspectors are prohibited from advising clients regarding the purchase of a home. The purpose of my inspection is to provide you with an informed opinion about the physical condition of the home you will purchase.  This information is for your use to make a decision regarding the home’s purchasability.


Do I need radon testing?

Maybe.  According to the EPA map of Radon Zones, all of Massachusetts regions (excluding Boston proper) are in Zones 1 and 2, which means there is either a Moderate Potential (2 to 4 pCi/L, picocuries per liter) or a Highest Potential (>4 pCi/L).  EPA radon protocols recommend that actions be taken to reduce the home’s indoor levels of radon if the result of dual vial testing is greater than 4 pCi/L.  In most cases, the reduction of radon levels is accomplished with a system of vent pipes and fans to prevent the gas from entering the home from below the floor and from outside the foundation. 


Does Maximum inspect for wood-destroying insects?

Yes!  I will include a visual investigation for the presence of wood-destroying insect activity according to the National Pest Management Association Form NPMA-33. This form will be completed and provided with each inspection.


Does Maximum provide repair estimates for defects or safety hazards discovered during a home inspection?

No.  Per 266 CMR 6.00: Standards of Practice for home inspectors, home inspectors are prohibited from providing estimates for repairs.


What if the home inspection reveals problems?

Great question.  As I have inspected approximately 1,200 condos, single- and multi-family homes, I recall that maybe five of them had no defects.  Most homes will have a minor defect or two.  Some homes will have a major defect or two.  What happens is really your decision.  My goal is to provide you with the knowledge of the anticipated defects.  There is no guarantee, hope or promise that a seller will fix, repair or replace any defect found during a home inspection.  I recommend any concerns regarding a discovered defect be evaluated by an appropriate specialist to determine repair cost.    


When will I get my report?

Reports will be completed by Maximum within 24 to 48 hours after the home inspection.  The report may be mailed or emailed, and an electronic copy will be available online through the website.


When is payment due?

Payment is due at the end of the inspection.  You may pay by cash or check or credit/debit card.